Weh Island (Pulau Weh), typically referred to as Sabang after the biggest metropolis, is probably the most northwestern island within the Indonesian Archipelago.
Native residents are concentrated in Metropolis of Sabang within the japanese a part of the island together with locations like Anoi Hitam resorts and Kasih Seashore.
The western a part of the island is especially coated with tropical forest, with some attention-grabbing locations together with Iboih and Rubiah. The southern a part of the island is understood for well-known Kaneukai Seashore and the Balohan Port.
A little bit of historical past of Weh Island
In late 2004, the southern a part of Weh Island was swept off by tsunami. It’s now reconstructed and pretty in good situation. The reminiscences from harmful tsunami are nonetheless sturdy, native residents are often very open to speak on this concern, an opportunity to greet and speak with native residents.
Native residents are recognized for being very useful and trustworthy. If you happen to’re driving in the course of nowhere and working out of petrol, simply look ahead to the following car to cross by and ask them properly to take you or purchase you petrol.
Attending to Weh Island
The island has sole entry via ferries working between Ulee Lheu Port in Banda Aceh and Balohan Port in Weh Island.
Banda Aceh itself has each day direct flights from Medan, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur. Since Banda Aceh airport is positioned removed from the Ulee Lheu Port, taxi fare is kind of excessive.
There are each day quick ferries from each terminals, twice a day, within the morning and late afternoon. The service is pretty good and punctual. These quick ferries are passengers solely, for these crossing with automobiles should use gradual ferries.
Gradual ferry is half-priced than the quick ones, taking thrice longer (round two hours), with just one scheduled ferry.
Getting round Weh Island
Taking automobiles from Banda Aceh to Weh Island isn’t really helpful, until you’ve already employed a automotive on your journey.
Restricted ferry to take your automobiles onto and out of the island must be your utmost concern. Thus, hiring contained in the island is extra recommendable. The costs received’t differ that a lot, bargaining is all the time allowed.
If you happen to’re feeling adventurous, rent a motorcycle and journey via the hilly highway from east to west, north to south.
Then again, in the event you’re taking a brief journey and go away within the afternoon ferry, rent a motorbike for the day, it’s already stuffed with full petrol.
It’s fairly troublesome to rent automobiles immediately outdoors Balohan Ferry Terminal, take public transport from the terminal to Metropolis of Sabang to seek out the closest hiring station.
A easy information when driving within the island is to spare at most one hour to drive from easternmost to westernmost coast.
The island is just 24 kilometers in size from east to west (as my taxi driver mentioned), so in case you are in Iboih and catching the afternoon ferry in Balohan Ferry Terminal, spare at most one hour to drive and purchase ticket.
ATMs for playing cards with Mastercard and Visa brand are positioned in Metropolis of Sabang; take sufficient cash with you when staying outdoors town since driving forth and again will value a whole lot of time.
Most important petrol station is positioned in Metropolis of Sabang. Alongside the highway, you will discover distributors promoting petrol (“bensin” in Indonesian) with barely increased costs.
Roads within the island is clean, well-marked with visitors indicators and nearly empty from different automobiles.
Bear in mind
Contemplating that this is without doubt one of the outer islands of Indonesia, navy presence is robust, so it’s best to remain protected and never doing one thing bizarre 🙂
Aceh is the one province in Indonesia with sharia regulation (Islamic Legislation), costume modestly when staying right here, although in some seashores, swimwears or tanktops are widespread to see.
Driving alone in the course of the day via the graceful highway inside tropical forest is extraordinarily protected, however after the solar units, pay extra consideration since there is no such thing as a mild alongside the highway. Driving at evening isn’t recommendable outdoors town.